Danny Mills says that it is no surprise to hear Tottenham defender Danny Rose admit that he will run down his contract in north London and leave in 2021.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Spurs full-back looked ready to end his time with the Lilywhites this summer but he has instead remained with Mauricio Pochettino’s side this term.
Rose revealed his future plans on Wednesday, confirming he would continue to play for Tottenham until the end of his contract in 2021 after the club told him they would not be offering new terms to extend his stay.
Mills says that it is not a huge shock to hear him admit he is ready to leave Spurs in a year-and-a-half, although he does question what has changed to see him remain at the club for a while yet.
Mills told Football Insider: “He was looking to leave, he was on his way, halfway up the M11 and decided to turn around and come back. He was happy to leave or looked like he was going to leave around the transfer deadline.
“That fell through for whatever reason, that didn’t materialise and suddenly now for him to come out and say he’s going to run his contract down, it’s no real surprise, is it?
“What’s changed in the last three months? Why was he happy to leave at the end of August and why’s he not happy to leave now? There’s been no significant change, Tottenham’s form hasn’t been incredible so he’s thinking they’re challenging for titles and cups.
“It’s not a huge shock for a player to come out and say that in this day and age.”
Rose has played a total of 209 times for Spurs since joining as a youngster from Leeds United, with 180 Premier League matches under his belt.
He has made 11 appearances across all competitions this season, battling it out with Ben Davies for a place among the starting XI.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has urged Pochettino to hand a rarely-seen talent a “big run” in the starting XI.